BURNT ORANGE

Burnt orange has to be one of my favorite colors. I really don’t own a lot of clothing in this color, but whenever I see something that is burnt orange I’m instantly attracted to it, like a moth to a flame. It’s completely out of my control. I spotted these pants at H&M on Monday and instantly fell in love. Not only are they burnt orange (technically they are dark orange, but po(tay)to, po(ta)to), but they are also the softest most comfy pants. And they can easily be dressed up or down. They are also high-waisted which gives off the vibe that I have longer legs and I’m perfectly okay with that!

I added my cropped Lilou top from Reformation — which I adore — and some black boots and I was set. These pants come in three other colors too and they’re only $30!! Score!

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Top — Reformation

Pants — H&M

Boots — Jeffrey Campbell via Urban Outfitters (similar here and here)

Watch — Vintage

MET GALA BEST DRESSED

I honestly get butterflies when I look through photos from the Met Gala. There are just so many amazing gowns, so many beautiful models and so many talented actors and musicians in attendance. What’s not to love? Last night’s theme was China: Through the Looking Glass. I think some of the ensembles fit with the theme. Others, not so much. But regardless, there were plenty of standout looks! I’m sure by now most of you have seen pictures of Rihanna and Beyoncé (and if you haven’t you can see them below). They definitely stood out, but there were many others including Kate Hudson, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid who made my best dressed list! Check them out!

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Kate Hudson in Michael Kors. This was simply stunning. I loved everything from her hair to her makeup and of course I loved the gown. She looked absolutely gorgeous! This was probably my favorite of the night.

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Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein Collection. She looked like a model. Statuesque, minimal makeup and that model stare. I really liked the color of this gown and the little bit of sex appeal at the sides.

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Lily Aldridge in Carolina Herrera. I love Lily so I don’t think she’d ever not be on my best dressed list, but I truly loved this gown. I loved the pale blue/gray color of the gown paired with the dark lip. Perfection. And did you guys see her fish clutch? Totally adorable!

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Zoë Kravitz in Alexander Wang. I saw her on the E! worst dressed list, but I really liked this look. I thought it worked because Zoë is so bad ass and has a rocker chic style.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Atelier Versace. This is a look that only a model could pull off. With the high slit and cutouts, I definitely don’t think I could pull it off, but Rosie looked gorgeous. I also liked that she kept her hair up because it would have taken away from the dress if it was down.

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Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection. I’m not sure if this was made from leather or not, but the material intrigued me. I loved her loose waves and the deep V of the gown. It was a gorgeous color on her!

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Rihanna in Guo Pei. This was extravagant (just look at that train), but the Met Gala is extravagant so I thought it was fitting. I really liked the color and this was just so Rihanna. She demands attention.

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Jessica Hart in Valentino. It can be hard to pull of a dress that covers everything — the arms, the legs, the neck — but Jessica has those model genes so she was able to work it! I also loved her kitty clutch!

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Jaime King in Jason Wu for Hugo Boss. If it weren’t for the belly, you wouldn’t even know she’s pregnant. Although her dress was simple, I loved it and the color looked stunning on her. I liked that she matched her lip to the gown too.

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Gigi Hadid in DVF. She rocked her first Met Gala, but who am I kidding. She rocks everything. Gigi is too beautiful to ever look bad, but I really did like her dress. I don’t usually see her in vibrant colors like this so it was a nice change! So gorgeous just like her momma!

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Maggie Q in Tory Burch with Dylan McDermott. I don’t think you can truly appreciate her ensemble in this photo, but there weren’t many solo shots of her from last night. I loved that she opted for a non-dress with pants. It was a really unique look which is why I loved it!

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Emma Roberts in Ralph Lauren Collection. This gown looked so luxe. I think it’s the material and perhaps the color. This type of material can be unforgiving, but Emma looked great and super toned.

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Emily Ratajkowski in Topshop. There are two main reasons I liked this dress. 1) the embellished floral design and 2) she wasn’t showing too much skin — which she tends to do. It was a nice change from her usual curve-hugging cleavage-baring ensembles.

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Elizabeth Banks in Michael Kors. For nearly any other occasion I probably would have hated this dress, but I really liked it on Elizabeth. I’m still not a huge fan of the color. I think the turquoise blue cheapens it a little, but Elizabeth’s body is killer in this dress and she is exuding confidence.

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Dianna Agron in Tory Burch. I will admit, this was a little blah. But at the same time, I found myself liking it because of the cranes flying across the bottom of the dress. Dianna could have taken more of a risk, but I still liked the gown.

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Diane Kruger in Chanel. This reminded me of her pant ensemble at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. I liked the look then and I still love it now. She is always taking risks and I admire that! I also liked the loose up do. I thought it complimented her attire well.

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Constance Jablonski in Theory. When you’re a model, you can get away with the simplest of outfits because everything just looks so amazing! I mean look at Constance! She is wearing all black and she’s not wearing heels, but she looks great. The outfit also looks super comfortable (and I’m sure some of those other gowns weren’t).

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Carey Mulligan in Balenciage. This was another simple gown, but the embellished collar really did it for me! It added that oomph that was necessary to prevent this dress from being boring.

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Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture. One word: showstopper. She was the talk of the Met Gala along with Rihanna and for good reason. Look at this gown. Look at her body. Look at those shoes!! They had a tiny thin red heel that matched the carpet so it looked like she didn’t even have heels. This was truly amazing. Everything was on point including that ponytail. It made me want to sing “I whip my hair back and forth…”

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Behati Prinsloo in Tommy Hilfiger. I think this dress was velvet and I am partial to velvet so I couldn’t resist adding her to my best dressed list. The cutouts seemed a little risky. I know i’d be worried that a nipple would pop out, but she was probably taped in place. I also like her cat eye makeup!

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Alexa Chung in Erdem. The color of this gown was amazing. So pretty and it photographed really well. The only thing I would have changed was her hair. It looked too undone and didn’t seem formal enough for the dress or the occasion. But I loved everything else, including the shoes!

 

All photos courtesy of E! Online and Style.com

WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ DINNER BEST DRESSED

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner — where journalists, celebrities and politicians all come together. (I should have just gone into DC just to try and catch a glimpse of some of the attendees!) I wasn’t really impressed with the fashions from last night. There were a lot of so-so gowns and several that I felt were just totally wrong (cough cough Ashley Judd). With so many models in attendance (Chanel Iman, Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk) I really expected more.

However, I always manage to find quite a few favorites, including Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Pretty Little Liar Troian Bellisario and pregnant Anne V!

Take a look below for more of my best dressed!

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra. Jenna is always flawless and this dress was beautiful. I liked how the top folded over to show that extra bit of pizzazz! I just wish she had that extra bit of arm candy (i.e. Channing Tatum).

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Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad. Chrissy looking like a total babe as per usual. I loved the dark lip and her lightened locks. I think they complemented the gown well. She wears a lot of Zuhair Murad, but she looks great in his designs so as they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

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Anne Vyalitsyna in Altuzarra. Such a gorgeous mommy-to-be. You can’t even tell in this picture! Ahh to have those model genes. I loved the print on this gown and the halter neckline. Her skin was just glowing. I also have to give her props because early on in the night her dress ripped and she played it off like a champ by ripping the other side to match — check it out!

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Gina Rodriguez in Gustavo Cadile. My beloved Gina. I loved this color on her. This dusty rose is one of my absolute favorite hues! And this dress hugged her in all the right places. She looks so genuinely happy all the time and that makes her even more beautiful in my eyes!!

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Troian Bellisario in Unknown. I love Troian and I don’t see her out and about as much so I really loved seeing her at the Correspondents’ Dinner. The gown was beautiful and I liked the kind of Grecian vibe. Her hair was on point too. If only she would have smiled a bit in the photos.

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Sophia Bush in Monique Lhuillier. I was loving this color on her last night! The draping was beautiful and she had the perfect accessories. I also liked that she put her hair up so it didn’t take away from the neckline of the dress.

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Laverne Cox in Ines Di Santo. I don’t think Laverne has ever looked better. The lightened lob (long bob) is totally working for her. The silver hue worked well against her skin and the dress fit like a glove! A++

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Julie Bowen in Jenny Packham. I really liked that Julie went for a shorter hemline. I thought it was still appropriate for the event. I liked the embellishments on the gown, but I do think she could have used a few more accessories.

 

All photos courtesy of E! Online, Daily Mail and Bustle

HERE COMES THE SUN

On Saturday my boyfriend and I got up at 12:30 a.m. Why you may ask did we get up so early? Well, we decided we wanted to see the sun rise at the top of Old Rag Mountain. We had done the 9-mile circuit hike a few times before, but during the day — never when it was pitch black out. We went with a few of our friends, braved the cold and darkness and ultimately made it to the top. It was quite chilly and windy up there, but it was really magical watching the sun rise.

The hike was hard and I am so sore today, but the sore muscles are totally worth it. We had the whole mountain to ourselves (besides two guys who were up there for about 10 minutes).

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein

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HAT DAY

Friday night my boyfriend and I went to see the Nationals play the Phillies. I actually used to watch nearly every Phillies game when I was in high school and I probably could’ve named all of the players. I was a true Phanatic. (I still have pictures from my Phillies calendar hanging on my wall at home.) Then I got to college, had less free time, and slowly but surely my baseball infatuation fell to the way side.

I was quite surprised when they went through the Phillies lineup because I only recognized three of the players. As far as I knew Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins were still on the team. Clearly I was mistaken. Sadly, my beloved Phillies lost 7-2, but I have to give it up to the Nats because they were really on point. Bryce Harper hit a home run in the first inning. I mean come on!! Oh, and I just have to point out that Bryce is the same age as me and he’s making nearly a million a year. To say I am jealous is an understatement! Nevertheless, we had a great time at the game. I enjoyed some delicious veggie burger sliders with goat cheese, avocado and chipotle mayo at the nearby Gordon Biersch restaurant and had some Dippin’ Dots at the game.

I also got a few good pictures of my game-day outfit. As you can see, I’m not one to deck myself out in Phillies garb. Instead, I opted for this super comfy top from Free People and this amazing Ann Taylor skirt I scored at Salvation Army. And I wore my new fedora!!! I still felt a little funny in it, seeing as I literally never wear hats. But I’m trying to get more comfortable in them and I truly love this one. It’s also a nice accessory to throw on when you’re having a not-so-great hair day or when there’s a chance of rain, as there was Friday night. I figured the hat would prevent me from looking like a total frizzball if I got caught in the rain. Luckily, it rained for only about 10 minutes and since my boyfriend and I were seated up in the boondocks, we were covered.

I definitely think my new fedora will be making the trip to Hawaii with me after graduation. Tomorrow will be a month until I leave. Getting stoked!!!

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Top — Free People

Skirt — Ann Taylor via Salvation Army

Shoes — YES via Urban Outfitters (available here)

Bracelets — Ettika (exact ones here and here)

Purse — Vintage

Fedora — South Moon Under